Feeling a bit concerned about online learning?

Online learning can be a great experience and opens up many opportunities to study wherever you are in the world, and in your own time.

It can take a while to get used to learning in an online environment (particularly if it is fully online).

We've created this short resource to provide some useful tips to making the shift to online as smooth as possible for you. If you'd like to go into more detail in creating a successful and personal learning journey, please check out our Learn2Learn program.

Jump right in!

Discover more about yourself as a learner...

What is your learner profile?

We all love a bit of a personality test, here is one we've created (from legitimate study preference questions, but don't let that hold back from the fun)...


So you've done the quiz - What next?

Whether you are a Battler wanting to start with the basics, a Confident Crusher needing to work on how you manage challenges like a fail or no feedback, or even an All-Rounder who just wants to take it to the next level - our Learn2Learn University Preparatory program could be just the thing for you!

Particularly targeted for new students (but lets face it, there's always more to learn even as an experienced student), the program is designed to help you develop, build and apply what you need to really make the most of your study time.

Want to know more?

You can access the first "lecture" for free when you sign up here: https://learn2learn1.teachable.com

The whole package is only $199 AUD - much like a text book (and dare I say much more versatile), and available when you need it!

What motivates you?

What is your motivation to study?

If we don’t have a purpose, it’s hard to keep going when challenges arise.

Knowing your personal motivators can help build your resilience.

Download your FREE Motivation check worksheet here: Download

Having trouble getting started with your reflection, or just zooming through? Here is a great strategy for developing your reflective skills – vital for becoming a self-aware learner:

1. Strategic approach : Letting Go of our Inner Critic

One of our biggest blockages when it comes to reflecting is ourselves. For this exercise, it’s time to let go. Don’t worry it it’s hard to get started, this is about forming a new habit in our brains. The biggest things to remember are:

  • For your eyes only – no one else needs to see this!
  • Have fun and be open to learning more about yourself!

2. Get started!

Grab a blank sheet of paper (preferably without lines on it- we want to free ourselves from rigidity).

If you can’t think of what to write, think about the topic and do some doodling.

Write down the words or draw the pictures that come to mind… and expand on them.

If you are thinking “this is so dumb”… that’s cool – but ask yourself why you think that… and write down your thoughts.

3. Circle things that jump out, add some connection lines…

whatever is going to help you pull this apart and see it in a different way

Keep writing down more; and keep prompting yourself “Why” to try and get to the source of your feelings. Even random things that come to mind are worth jotting down.

This is just for you, no one else needs to see this, so don’t try to sanitise it! Get it out, on the paper, and see where you end up.

Once you are warmed up and feel that you can’t explore that thought stream any longer… make a start at the reflective activity.

Learning agility and earning hacks - what, why and how?

Learning Agility, Learning Hacks – so much tech-talk that sounds amazing… but confusing and vague at the same time. So what’s it all about?

Learning agility is essentially about being able to learn quickly and in different ways. A new challenge or situation arises? You are quickly able to adapt your knowledge and strategies to suit the situation.

Learning Hacks? It’s like giving you a shortcut into how to learn. Problem is, it’s hard to shortcut if you don’t already have that “agility” in place – but it sounds great from a sales perspective and a promise of quick results.

So what can you do to build agility? Well, understanding the “how” you learn is a huge one. Forget (or at least, don’t focus exclusively on) learning styles like visual, kinesthetic or auditory… that’s just a small part of the equation. The “how” is more about your brain: body – mind – emotions connections. Understanding your personal strengths and challenges is key (checkout our free first module on this: https://courses.learn2learn.net.au/p/learn2learn).

apps aren't brain friendly when it comes to learning

Now the bad news… there really isn’t any short-cuts to learning. Apps, Hacks, they sound great in theory – but I’m not convinced its the best use of your time and money

(Having said that, I’d love to know if you found it differently).

The good news – it can be easier and less painful. Planning, Acting, Reflecting, Adapting are all key tools and strategies you can use. They do take practice (hence why no quick and easy way), so being realistic about what you can gain in a given time-frame is so important for your motivation and self-belief!

If we don’t pay attention to those we can quickly give up feeling defeated and worse than when we started. Which is not what we sign up for!

So please, don’t be distracted by “shiny” Get-Rich or Get-Smart opportunities. If it’s too good to be true, it probably is. If it’s reasonable and requires some work on our behalf (particularly self-reflection), then you are more likely to be onto a winner!